About the MREC

 What is the MREC?  MREC Officers  Executive Committee
 Board Meetings  Become a Member!  Membership Dues
 History of the MREC  MREC Members  MREC Position Statements
 MREC Website Policy  Strategic Plan  By-laws

What is the MREC?

The MREC is a membership organization of energy suppliers, energy service professionals and Land Grant Universities whose mission is to support outreach, education and research on rural energy issues for the benefit of:

  • Farms and other rural energy consumers
  • Rural energy suppliers
  • Farm organizations and agricultural trade associations
  • Electrical equipment and allied industries
  • Government and regulatory agencies

Follow the links in the table above to learn more about the Midwest Rural Energy Council and its mission.


Position Name Affiliation States served
 President  Jason Kollwelter  We Energies  WI
 Vice President  Matt O’Shea  Stearns Electric Association  MN
 Treasurer  Corey Kuchta  WI Public Service  WI and MI
 Secretary *  Doug Reinemann  University of Wisconsin  USA


* ex-officio

Executive Committee (in addition to the Officers)

Name Affiliation States served
 Mark Weber  Whetstone Valley Electric Coop.  SD
 Paul Gillis  Dairyland Power Coop.  WI, MN, IA & IL
 Robert Fick  Alliant Energy  WI, IA


Directors (in addition to the Executive Committee and Officers)

Name Affiliation States served
 Paul Erickson
 Central Iowa Power Cooperative
 Alan Fazio  Lake Region Electric Coop.  MN
 Patrick Soukup  Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.  SD
 Kevin Schnack  Xcel Energy  MN, SD, & WI
 Jim Johnson  Otter Tail Power  MN, ND
 Reggie Gassman  Sioux Valley Energy  SD
  Regi Goodale  Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives  IA
 Van Kelley*  South Dakota State University  SD
 Kevin McLean  Minnesota Power  MN
 Jay Harmon *  Iowa State University  IA
 Ken Hellevang*  North Dakota State University  ND
 Jerry Sorenson  Riverland Energy Coop  WI
 Erin Cortus*  University of Minnesota  MN
 Bryant Tauer  Wright Hennepin Electric  MN



*denotes ex-officio

Meetings of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors convenes periodically.  Regularly scheduled meetings are held in conjunction with the annual conference and a fall meeting in mid-September. Other meetings are scheduled as needed. Meetings are open to the public.


You are welcome to become a member of the MREC.  There are two types of memberships: Full and Affiliate.

Full Memberships are available to investor-owned utilities, state-wide rural electric cooperative associations and other utilities and utility organizations.  Full memberships require a formal petition to the Board of Directors.  Interested parties should contact the MREC secretary at mrec@uwex.edu.

Affiliate Memberships are available to other energy organizations, trade affiliates, educational institutions, individuals and entities that may desire membership.  To apply for membership send an e-mail message to the MREC secretary at mrec@uwex.edu.  Include the following information:

telephone number
e-mail address
web address (if applicable)

The MREC secretary will confirm your membership and send you an invoice.  If you have any questions, contact the secretary at mrec@uwex.edu.

Membership Dues (annual)

Full Memberships

$4300 – for statewide electric cooperative associations
$1500 – for investor owned utilities

Affiliate Memberships

$450 – Corporate Affiliate: for an organization other than an investor owned utility or statewide electric cooperative organization.